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Marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


September 30 is now recognized as a federal statutory day of commemoration. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the tragic history of residential schools and honour their Survivors by engaging in reconciliation activities within our communities.

In preparation for the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, join the Prairie Federal Council and the Canada School of Public Service for an event on the lived experiences of residential school Survivors and their communities. Guest speakers will share their thoughts and insights on what those experiences mean for Indigenous Peoples in Canada and for us all as we continue the journey towards truth and reconciliation.

This important event is an opportunity to provide a meaningful contribution to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's call to action number 57, which calls upon all levels of government to "provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations."


  • Chief Dr. Wilton Littlechild, former TRC Commissioner
  • Dr. Marie Wilson, Reconciliation Consultant and former TRC Commissioner
  • Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, University of Manitoba
  • Chief Cadmus Delorme, Cowessess First Nation
  • Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada
  • Gina Wilson, Deputy Minister of Women and Gender Equality, and Deputy Minister, Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, Canadian Heritage
  • Ed Azure, Knowledge Keeper, Manitoba
  • Elder Betty McKenna, Saskatchewan

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